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Posted on October 10, 2015 in Addiction

‘My Heart Misses the Woman I Fell in Love With’: The Spouse of an Opioid Addict Shares Her Story of Heartbreak … and Hope

“Reid” remembers the morning of April 8 this past spring like it was yesterday. She was at work that morning when the phone rang. Her partner, “Hope” (also an alias), was on the other line frantically screaming. The police were at their house unannounced, Hope was exclaiming. And they were throwing all of the family’s possessions out on the front yard and not letting Hope into her own house.

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Posted on March 18, 2014 in Teen Drug Addiction

Teens Who Abuse Prescriptions Likely to Use other Drugs

Prescription drug abuse is a serious problem in the U.S. today. The biggest offender is the class of pain killers called opioids. The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy states that from 1997 to 2007 the amount of these drugs used per person in the country rose from 74 to 369 milligrams on average. During the same period, the number of people addicted to oxycodone, one type of opioid painkiller, also rose. It is the second most commonly abused substance in the country after alcohol. The number of people killed by prescription drug abuse surpasses those who die from illegal substances.

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